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Recycling Industry Unites with Goal of Addressing Key Issues

Wednesday, July 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
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AMERIPEN is pleased to share our continued efforts to create a robust recovery system for packaging. In light of the recent global shifts and packaging goal announcements, AMERIPEN is joining forces with a number of industry peers to collectively find solutions to help advance the goal of improved packaging recovery.  As the only material neutral packaging association focused on public policy in the United States, AMERIPEN brings an important voice to this discussion.  As this project continues we will ensure to keep our members and stakeholders informed. Learn more about our work here.

(Washington, DC) – In May, a group of organizations representing various segments of the recycling industry met to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole. The initial meeting, which took place in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, was an open discussion aimed at identifying ways throughout the recycling stream to improve quality, increase demand for material, and promote products made with recycled content.

As part of the initial phase, the organizations have released the following statement of cooperation:

“As representatives of the complete recycling chain, we understand that improving the quality of the recycling stream and increasing the demand for recyclables in the manufacture of new products will deliver economic and environmental benefits nationwide. We commit to actively engaging with one another to enhance the nation’s recycling systems, while simultaneously continuing our own organizations’ work to influence change.”

The groups have scheduled a meeting in August to determine specific courses of action and efforts to work on collectively.

Organizations participating in the effort include:

  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • Association of Plastic Recyclers
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Northeast Recycling Council
  • National Recycling Coalition
  • National Waste & Recycling Association
  • Plastics Industry Association
  • The Recycling Partnership
  • Southeast Recycling Development Council
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition
  • Solid Waste Association of North America

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